We often picture dust and fumes when we think of indoor air pollution because they’re either visible or have a strong odor. But what about the invisible, odorless gas called radon that’s naturally occurring in the ground beneath many of our homes? According to the US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), radon gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the US today. In fact, only smoking causes more lung cancer deaths.
It's been estimated that 2 to 5 times more pollutants can be found in indoor air than outdoor air. Two of the contributing factors are: 1.) items found in our homes (like dust, scented products, chemicals, mold) and 2.) lack of adequate ventilation to bring in fresh, outdoor air.
We know that improving indoor air quality is important for the health of our families, but some of the more complex fixes can be pricey. Well, fear not – below are ten actions you can take now that will help clean up your air and won’t break the bank.
Photo creds to Chandra at MOM TRIBE LIFE for all the awesome photos used in this post.
Part of a balanced life for me is finding time to escape from the hectic daily routine and RECHARGE. So for 24 hours this past weekend I relished in some me-time, and it was wonderful. I had the pleasure of attending my first MOM TRIBE LIFE retreat in the mountains of New Hampshire.
We live in a world where chemicals are present in almost every product we use. They’ve been put there to serve a purpose, but at what cost? Are the benefits really worth the risks to our health and the well-being of the environment? This post highlights five common types of harmful chemicals that can be found in everyday household products. I’ll discuss where they can be found and why they’re unhealthy for us and the environment.
Dryer sheets serve a useful purpose. They keep our dresses from sticking to our thighs, and fleece jackets from sending electric currents through us when we pull them from the dryer. But – are they safe? In this post I'll discuss potential health concerns and what I've found to be suitable alternatives to conventional dryer sheets.